lager starter

Thu Dec 27, 2012 12:37 pm

Its been awhile since i made a lager. Im making a bock and doing a starter like always. Curious to see what the concensious is on starter ferm temp. Do you ferment your starter at 68F or lager temp around 55F. Im using wyeast 2038. Input would be helpful....Im pretty sure I used to do the starter at 68F but its been awhile since i did a lager.
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Re: lager starter

Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:12 pm

Since it's for a lager, it will most likely be big or stepped up. So I ferment the starter at 68-72F, crash it in the fridge for a day or so and decant before pitching yeast. You're growing yeast and dumping the "beer", so no reason to ferment the starter cold.
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Re: lager starter

Thu Dec 27, 2012 1:16 pm

makes sense thanks dark. I wasnt sure if it made a big difference or not. Plus if you fermented ur starter cold it would take a long ass time
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Re: lager starter

Thu Dec 27, 2012 4:30 pm

2nd on warm starter ferment. You're making yeart, not beer...
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Re: lager starter

Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:25 am

3rd on normal starter temps for a Lager Yeast. I am also getting ready to brew my Helles Bock. I'll do a 4 liter starter, let it ferment out, decant and rack fresh wort on top of that yeast cake for another 4 liter starter. Let that ferment out and then use all that yeast for my Primary fermentation.
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Re: lager starter

Sat Dec 29, 2012 5:36 am

baltobrewer wrote:2nd on warm starter ferment. You're making yeart, not beer...


We should all be making yearts... err... yurts :D

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Sat Dec 29, 2012 6:07 am

Nice satellite placement!
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Re: lager starter

Sat Dec 29, 2012 8:52 am

Thnx guys. Im doin a 2.5 l starter with a stir plate. At ale temp and pitch that.
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